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That's an uninformed opinion. EV's have numerous advantages vs. ICE besides price to refuel. Driving dynamics, reliability, cost to service, no oil and filter changes, brake life, vehicle life, refueling convenience, power and instant performance, etc. etc. etc. Additionally, $0 .36/kWh isn't even price parity for fuel cost for most Americans. It depends upon how much fuel costs in your area but most Americans are paying mid to upper $2 range and many are paying mid $3 range.IMO…when the price per kWh reaches .36 cents, most folks will be trading their EV’s in for ICE vehicles if the fuel prices remain as they are.
Due to the EV advantadges listed above, only people in the lowest socio-economic classes would switch back to gas at anywhere close to price parity to refuel. Only those people who couldn't afford a small amount of money upfront to refuel would forgo all the advantages of EV's (including their long-term cost savings even if fuel was at price parity per mile). These are people who are having trouble earning enough money to buy life's most basic necessities. And at any electricity price close to price parity their decision to switch back to gas would be a poor longer-term economic decision (due to the long-term economic factors listed above). The poorest people in our nation often get the short end of the stick, both due to poor economic decision making and also due to being forced into poor long term economic decisions based upon immediate economic needs.
Even if EV's magically became more expensive to refuel in large areas of the country, most people who could afford the small amount of extra money to charge vs. fillup would continue to drive electric for the many non-economic advantages EV's provide. Once people live with an EV having more range than they need, they cannot go back. It's tough to give up something so nice once you've become accustomed to it.
This is nothing but FUD cloaked in apparent common sense.Doesn’t matter when we plug in our EVs, day or night, the grid can only handle so much. I understand everyone will take advantage during off peak hours, the breaker from hell will trip during the night as well as during the day. We’re talking about an additional load here that the grid is not accustom to. It’s going to get interesting within the next 10 years, I don’t expect to be around then but, my grandkids will be left to deal with the outcome.
The facts lead to a different conclusion. The additional load from EV charging will not be the biggest bump in the road in the ever expanding electrical consumption/production of the the grid. Back in the 1950's and 1960's air conditioning hit the scene in dramatic fashion. All of a sudden, everyone in areas that had hot summers wanted one. And everyone turned them on full blast on the hottest days of the year. Guess how the grid handled this unprecedented increase in electrical demand?
That's right, it grew and developed along with demand, just as it had been doing for decades. Grid capacity is constantly increasing to meet demand and, like Crissa has already pointed out, the demand nature of EV charging is not time sensitive (in the way air conditioning is). The EV revolution will help, not hurt, electrical providers. It will help them become more profitable and provide capital for sooner expansion.